Alternative Gender Identities Influence The Fashion Scene

    At present, it is believed that approximately 600,000 individuals residing in the UK identify as transgender or non-binary. This equates to approximately one percent of the overall population. Over the past few years, the number of people who define themselves as non-binary, gender-fluid or trans has increased significantly. We have also witnessed a far greater acceptance of people who choose to identify as such. It is out of this acceptance that gender-fluid fashion lines were born.

    Influencing a fast-developing trend

    Many world-renowned, as well as up-and-coming fashion houses, have started to design non-binary collections. That can be worn by men and women, as well as those who don’t identify as either. This trend has since made its way to the runways of the world. And has been embraced by a number of celebs including the likes Harry Styles and Jaden Smith. Apart from allowing people to wear what they like and feel comfortable in, as opposed to what their gender classification dictates. Gender-fluid fashion has a way of reducing fashion anxiety, which is something many people experience, regardless of their identity. As non-conformity to typical gender stereotypes increases, the variety of gender-fluid clothing items and accessories will increase drastically.

    Facial hair remains a top fashion accessory

    For many men, a beard is the ultimate fashion accessory. Even more so than a stylish watch or pair of cufflinks. Even trans men who feel most comfortable wearing gender-fluid clothes often choose to sport beards and moustaches of various lengths and styles. Transgender cosmetic surgery can leave you with the body you were born to be in. Growing and maintaining a beard may, however, be slightly more challenging. While not all trans men dream of sporting a perfectly-manicured moustache or beard, countless others do. Although genetics do play a large role in your ability to grow facial hair. There are a number of things you can do to help boost your beard-growing efforts.

    To shave or not to shave, that is the question

    Many trans men use testosterone to stimulate their female-to-male (FTM) facial hair growth. While this can trigger a type of ‘secondary puberty’ that can boost hair growth, it is not always required. There are a number of hair growth products available on the market that can stimulate growth in a gentler manner. While shaving your beard to promote growth is largely unproven, massaging your face with quality beard oil may very well stimulate the follicles, which, in turn, will improve growth. You can also make your peach fuzz appear thicker by applying a darker beard dye. If all else fails, you can always consider a hair transplant, although it is recommended that you wait at least a year after your original cosmetic surgery.

    The world is slowly becoming more tolerant of people whose lifestyles cannot be labelled as conventional. Soon, gender-fluid clothes and trans men sporting glorious beards will be as commonplace as a cis guy wearing a pair of jeans.


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